Japanese Tea Set - Drip-Glazed Hagi-yaki Houhin Teapot - Katakuchi Water Cooler - 6 Guinomi Teacups

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This Hagi-yaki tea set includes one houhin (hohin; handle-less teapot), one katakuchi (water cooler), and six guinomi (small teacups) each featuring a dramatic beige and white drip-glaze. The houhin's built-in ceramic do-ake filter is perfect for naturally straining tea.

Hagi-yaki (萩焼) is a type of Japanese pottery that comes from the town of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan and dates back over 400 years. Some of the oldest Hagi-yaki pieces have been declared National Treasures of Japan. The natural warm hues of its clay, along with the simple lines of its forms are highly valued within the traditional aesthetics of many tea ceremony schools.

Hagi ware is said to improve with age as the tannins in the tea slowly stain the fine cracks in the glaze (called crazing or kan-nyuu), creating a rich texture known as 'nanabake', or 'the 7 transformations'. Because of this slightly porous nature, some people like to dedicate their Hagi ware to one type of tea, such as sencha, to avoid having other aromas seep into the clay.

Dimensions:

Teapot:
10.7cm (4.2in) - width
6.3cm (2.5in) - height
170ml - capacity

Water Cooler:
10.6cm (4.2in) - width
4.5cm (1.8in) - height
100ml - capacity

Teacups:
5.6cm (2.2in) - width
4.6cm (1.8in) - height
45ml - capacity

Condition: Excellent

This vintage Japanese item ships from Thailand

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